An Arab business publication has reported that a Kuwaiti MP has called for the country to outlaw the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. According to an Arabian Business.com report, Nabil Al Fadhel said the Brotherhood in Kuwait were the most dangerous because they helped finance branches in other states:
July 13, 2014 A Kuwaiti MP has called for the country to outlaw the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, in line with fellow Gulf states Saudi Arabia and the UAE. According to Arabic daily Al Seyassah, Nabil Al Fadhel said the group’s members in Kuwait were the most dangerous branch of the pan-Arab organisation because they helped finance branches in other states. The Brotherhood has been banned in some Gulf states, which oppose it, but it continues to be supported by Qatar, while the Kuwaiti rulers have allowed the group to operate within its borders but without a role in politics. Since the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood leader in Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, a year ago, hundreds of the group’s supporters there have been sentenced to death. Al Fadhel was quoted as saying that Kuwait should follow in the footsteps of its neighbours by banning the group, which in that country is led by Mubarak Al Duwailah.”
Other relevant GMBDW coverage has included:
- In January we reported that the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood had sharply criticized the Egyptian government’s decision to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.
- In February 2013, we reported that the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood was supporting the formation of an opposition alliance.
- In January 2013, we reported that a Kuwaiti MP had alleged there were Muslim Brotherhood “sleeper cells” operating in Kuwait.
- In November 2012, we reported on comments by the Dubai police chief accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of creating unrest in the UAE. Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan also said that UAE Muslim Brotherhood members who had been arrested had met with Kuwaiti Brotherhood “mentors” including Tariq Al-Suwaidan.
- In January 2012, German media reported that the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood had boycotted the parliamentary elections which were won largely by Shiites. Despite the boycott, the Brotherhood won four seats.
In November 2013, two Carnegie Foundation analysts posted an article that looked at the status of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait.